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Remote Islands Allowance

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service on what basis the remote islands allowance paid to civil servants is calculated; and when it was last reviewed.

The Scottish distant islands allowance payable to civil servants serving on certain islands was calculated in 1975 on the basis of the cost of three return journeys by sea to the mainland with a car. The rates of allowance differ according to the distance of the island from the mainland and according to marital status. The rates were last reviewed on 1st April 1978 when they were increased by 50 per cent.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service when he plans to increase the remote islands allowance.

The next normal date for reviewing the rates of allowance will be 1st April 1979. Any increase will be subject to the prevailing national incomes policy.